Forest Park Review: Summary: Village officials announced another major infrastructure project planned for this year, a $2.7 sewer separation project on the south end of the village, will not likely start until 2020. Gillian verified that the village has received a $1 million grant from the Phase II Stormwater Management program of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) that will cover a major portion of the project costs. The remaining costs will be covered by Roosevelt/Hannah TIF funds. Village Administrator Tim Gillian said village officials cannot move forward with the project until they obtain an easement from the U.S. Postal Service for property along Roosevelt Road. However, Hoskins expressed optimism the project will "move forward" this year.
The project types under Phase II include the installation of "green" and "gray" infrastructure, localized detention, upsizing critical storm sewers and culverts, pump stations and establishing drainage ways. An MWRD spokesman said preference was given to "shovel ready" projects or projects which have a completed or nearly completed design.
The project, which village officials said previously would help mitigate some of the flooding problems, would entail separating the combined sewer on Circle from Roosevelt Road to 16th Street and eventually redirect the storm water into the Des Plaines River after connecting with an existing storm water sewer at 15th Street and Hannah Avenue.
Officials also said previously that the project would benefit not only properties on Circle but also other properties in that area because there will be less of a burden on the combination sewer.